Ananya Shrestha, M.Sc.



Ananya Shrestha is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She received her B.A. in Psychology and English Literature from The College of Wooster in Ohio (2016) and her M.Sc. in Migration Studies from The University of Oxford in Oxford, England (2017). Her primary research interests are in the realm of immigration law and rhetoric. She does work on asylum and refugee issues, border studies, citizenship, acculturation and integration, cultural variability, ethnic identity development, immigrant and diasporic literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry), immigrant youth, remote acculturation, and remote enculturation. For more information on her work, visit her professional profile on LinkedIn.

A self-professed heliophile, Ananya was born in April and loves Spring the most, despite having a list of favorite things about each season. She enjoys taking pictures of flowers and pairing them with poems on her Instagram account @anyashr. She also has another Instagram account called @hoardingbooks.herdingcats, which is dedicated to her huge collection of books!

Ananya loves being around all bodies of water, large or small, despite her fear of drowning. If given her way, she would spend her time installing a fountain in front of her house and growing a garden of daisies and lilies with her three very spoiled cats. For now, however, she settles with doing yoga in her front lawn every Saturday and swimming at the Aquatic Center in CRCE (it has palm trees!).

When not doing readings or grading assignments in her office in Davenport Hall, Ananya can be found studying in the main quad or “chilling” by the Alumni fountain, right through the Hallene Gateway on the UIUC campus.

Fun fact: she is a fierce, fierce Ravenclaw and is always up for some Harry Potter Trivia!

Pronouns: she/her/hers
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